Exotic African Ebony

In Maderas Barber, we highly bet on this wood. Exotic Ebony is a precious wood with amazing acoustic properties and a unique and special figure, which make the difference with other woods.

Exotic Ebony share qualities with African Ebony. But the difference is the contrast in black and white of Exotic Ebony that creates incredible drawings and figures. Regarding to the sound, this wood has a brilliant and dynamic touch. All these characteristics become this wood in one of the most valuated nowadays by luthiers.

At Maderas Barber, we know that this wood is very special. That’s why we offer you Exotic Ebony in different qualities with a high range of stock with the aim of covering the needs of luthiers and large manufacturers of musical instruments

BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

ORIGIN:  Central and Western Africa.

DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours.  Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.

DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

USES:  Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.

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